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So then, it's fair if someone invests millions of dollars in coming up with an innovative fingerprint recognition technology, and then someone else comes along and copies it identically aside from simply changing the coating on the sensor, and sells the same product for cheaper because they didn't have to do any of the expensive R&D work? I'm not saying that's the case here (FPC has a history in biometrics), but there needs to be some incentive to invest in innovation.
 Them's the brakes.  Either pay for the R&D to have your own technology (as Apple does) or forgo it.  Reverse-engineering and trying to work around patents deincentivizes innovation.
 It's what happened when the hardware components were being manufactured and sold in higher quantities (economies of scale) and Android OS made it very cheap for manufacturers to have a software interface to those components (i.e. they didn't have to pay for the software to be developed or pay licensing fees).  Manufacturers could then make more complex (smart) phones as cheaply as feature phones.  I already gave an example of how this might happen (government subsidies to...
 It's all about return-on-investment.  They'll push whichever phone gives them the highest.  If they have to pay a $500 subsidy and they make $1000 profit over the 2-year contract, it's no different than if they paid $100 subsidy and only made $600 over the 2-year contract.
 I didn't say that.  It's just that many of the companies manufacturing these phones have a history of working around patents rather than fairly licensing technology (especially when only distributing products in China, where patents tend to be difficult to enforce). So I was a bit skeptical when I first looked that the fingerprint sensor technology used in the Ascend, but after a quick look at the FPC site, I see that they've publicly announced it.  So I'm satisfied that...
 Not shipping yet. Why is the fingerprint sensor on the back of it?  It also just started shipping this month and it's not available in the US. And keep supporting companies that reverse-engineer technology and figure out ways to work around patents.  Apple may not always invent things themselves, but at least they play by the rules and either buy the company that did or license the technology from them.
 What if a government agency tasked with preventing electronics waste from making it's way into landfills (as many feature phones did when they fell out of favour) subsidized it?  If you're referring to a cellular service provider, then they aren't the ones profiting when someone buys a higher end phone unless they also buy a higher end service plan.  In fact, they have to pay a higher subsidy (and thus have to force you onto a more expensive plan to recoup their...
 But it only went that way after it became a choice between a $0 feature phone and a $0 low-end smart phone.  Of course people are going to pick the best device they can get at the same price point. What I'm talking about is something like: a feature phone with a $100 rebate on your first 3 months of cellular service vs a $0 low-end smart phone with no such rebate.  Are people going for low-end smart phones (like the vast majority of Android phones being sold) willing to...
 Man is it hard to get some people to see a point here. Forget the fact that it doesn't make sense for anyone to do this: my question is whether the low-end phone buyers would go for it?  If so, then it shows that this is the reason why most Android phone users (i.e. the low-end market) are clueless about features like Google Wallet: because they simply don't care and money is the main thing they care about.
There's some confusion about my argument here.  It's this:   If you gave financial incentives for someone to choose a dumb phone over a free smart phone, how many would opt for it?   We're talking about whether money is a bigger factor than features.  Regardless of whatever philosophy you think people may have about moving from a dumb phone to a smart phone, supply/demand, whatever.   Android enters into the equation here because the vast majority of the Android...
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